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The continuum of care

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Essential services for mothers, newborns and children are most helpful when they are delivered at critical points during the life cycle of mothers and children, in dynamic health systems that cover important locations and in an overall environment that supports the rights of women and children. This is the meaning of a continuum of care.

More and more we see the importance of improving reproductive health services for young people and decreasing the growing incidence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among them. Building reproductive health capacity at the country level necessitates identifying problems, setting priorities and formulating strategies with the participation of all those involved.

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